Sanctions against Russia are very bad idea. Read on to find out why.
Brandon J. Weichert
Brandon J. Weichert is a former Congressional staffer and founder of The Weichert Report. He is currently working on a documentary on national security space policy and is authoring a book on the subject as well. Brandon also lends his talent as a policy analyst to the government, non-profit organizations, and the private sector, offering a unique perspective on some of the most vexing policy dilemmas of our time. He has a B.A. in Political Science from DePaul University and is an Associate Member of New College at Oxford University (GDBM!). Recently, Brandon obtained his M.A. in Statecraft and National Security with a Specialty in Defense Policy from the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. Eventually, Brandon plans on pursuing his Ph.D. in International Relations and continuing to expand his business.
America doesn’t–and shouldn’t want to–fight long wars. The immense failures of the Global War on Terror prove why.
I was interviewed by Chris Buskirk of the “Seth & Chris Show” where I discussed my recent research into the Russian (non)-threat and how America is in danger of turning Russia into an actual threat, when it is in reality a potential strategic partner.
Russian Foreign Policy is more than its relations with the West. In my most recent lecture at the Institute of World Politics, I elaborate how Putin views the world and how the United States should handle its relations with Russia (hint: not the way that we’ve been handling them).
“Washington is full of “hollow men,” of “stuffed men/leaning together/headpiece filled with straw.” Alas. In the case of Russia, it is a politically hollow nation; a straw man state pretending to be something more. And its leader, the would-be czar, Putin, is nothing more than a “paralyzed force” desperately yearning to maintain both his own and Russia’s relevance.”
“Putin is looking for a deal. He wants to re-establish a modicum of stability between the West and Russia. He needs help developing his energy sources in the Far East (and he’s not foolish enough to want the Chinese to take the lead—unless he’s left with no choice, as he currently is).”
For America to maintain vital access to East Asia, the United States must emphasize its Navy by promoting a concept of Offshore Control, should hostilities breakout between China and the United States.
This piece, originally at American Greatness, argues that containment is the only sure way to deal with Iran.
With Christopher Nolan’s newest film, “Dunkirk,” being released, we must never forget the heroic last stand of the French First Army (numbering 40,000 troops) against 7 Nazi divisions at Lille.
This lecture will provide a three-dimensional view of Russia, it will contextualize Russian actions over the past decade beyond the headlines, and it will illustrate why U.S. foreign policy toward Russia is misguided (and how to correct the strategic misperceptions).